Licensing

Introduction

Welcome to the CD-RW Recorder joint licensing program. Please use the navigation on the right to find all the relevant information related to this program.

If you are a buyer of CD-RW recorders and want to ensure that you are buying licensed products, please visit our special buyer page.

CD-RW Recorder Patent License

We offer patent licenses to manufacturers of CD-RW Recorders. Our joint license provides CD-RW Recorder manufacturers with all the required Philips, Sony, Ricoh and Yamaha patents in a package. Please not that separate licenses are also offered by Sony, Ricoh and Yamaha. For information on the conditions of these licenses please contact these other parties directly.

Philips offers a Philips-only license that covers the Philips patents for CD-RW Recorder. For full details, click CD-RW Recorder (Philips only)

For the dedicated Sony License Program see : http://www.sony.net/license/

 

Licensing policy

Philips has a general licensing policy for CD, DVD and BD related products.

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Detailed Description

The detailed terms and conditions of the licensing program are described in the patent license agreement that you can find in the patents/agreements section.


Some important information:
The joint CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement comprises the essential patents of Philips, Sony, Ricoh and Yamaha. A worldwide list of the essential patents, together with applicable expiry dates, is attached to the agreement.

Under the terms of its standard license agreement we only require payment of royalties for patents where any of these are actually used – in other words, either in the country of manufacture or in the country of sale.


CD-RW Recorder licensees have at all times the option to transfer to the latest version of the CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement. In the event of such transfer, Philips shall not require payment of the entrance fee under the new license agreement.


Reference copies of the current version of the Philips CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement, together with the relevant annexes, including worldwide patent lists, can be found in the patents/agreements section and the annexes section.

Patents / Agreements

Below you find patent lists and relevant agreements for the CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement.

CD-RW Recorder Patent lists 
The essential patents and their expiry dates. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW part

Annex A1 Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW part

Annex A1 Essential Sony's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder/CD-RW Part

Annex A1 Essential Yamaha's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Part

Annex A1 Essential Ricoh's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW part

CD-RW Recorder / CD General part

Annex A2 Essential Philips' Patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-General part


CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW/-R audio part

Annex A3 Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW/-R Audio Recording Part
 

CD-RW Recorder / CD-Text part

Annex A4 Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-Text Part

Annex A4 Essential Sony's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-Text Part


CD-RW Recorder / CD-ROM part

Annex A5 Essential Sony's and Philips' patents relevant to CD- Recorder / CD-ROM Part
 


CD-RW Recorder / CD-R part

Annex A6 Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-R Part

Annex A6 Essential Sony's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-R Part

Annex A6 Essential Yamaha's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-R Part
 


CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW High Speed part

Annex A-HS Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW High Speed Part

CD-RW Recorder / High Speed part

Annex A-HS Essential Sony's patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / High-Speed Part
 

CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Ultra Speed part

Annex A-US Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Ultra-Speed Part
 


CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW Multi Speed part

Annex A-MS Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder / CD-R Multi-Speed Part

Annex A-MS Essential Sony's patents relevant to CD-RW recorder / CD-R Multi-Speed Part
 


CD-RW Recorder / CD-RW High Capacity part

Annex A-HC Essential Philips' patents relevant to CD-RW Recorder/CD-R High Capacity part
 

 + Link to change history of patent lists
 

Agreements
Reference copies of current version of the CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement. Please click the link to open the PDF file.

These versions are intended for prospective licensees:

CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement
+ Manufacturer located in U.S.A


CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Ricoh/Yamaha) - USA -

+ Manufacturer located in Rest of the World

CD-RW Recorder Patent License Agreement (Philips/Sony/Ricoh/Yamaha) - Rest of the World -

Letter Agreement

CD-RW Recorder Letter Agreement for patent and non-patent countries 

NOTE :
To view Royalty Reporting Forms, Audit Guidelines and Side Letters go to section Annexes

 

Pricing Information

The royalty rate is determined by one key factor:

1) Status of the licensee
If the company fulfills certain conditions, such as complete, true and accurate reporting and timely payment, reward rates are available. Otherwise the standard rate applies.

Note of caution
Compliance reward royalty rates are only made available to licensees who are in FULL compliance with their obligations under the license agreement.



  JOINT Standard rate JOINT Compliant
reward rate
CD-RW Recorder functionality 750 JPY 5.00 USD


Please note: 
The CD-RW Recorder functionality is often combined with other functionalities in a PC-Drive or Recorder. Contact us for the Combination royalty rates.

Overview of royalty rates for all formats
+link to overview of royalty rates for all formats
 

Services / Information

Ordering & Services:
We provide a number of services for optical disc and drive manufacturers. These include:
· Physical and logical verification
· Specification documents
· Test discs
· Tools

. Ordering specifications
. Ordering Information Agreements

For more information go to the Ordering & Services section

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This document explains our main principles for administering licensing programs related to CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc. This document is for information purposes only.

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